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Cristo de los Desamparados Procession

The Cristo de los Desamparados Procession caught the attention in the 2014 Alcalá de Henares Holy Monday.

Silence, bell ringing and the sound of shuffling of the pallbearers were the only sounds that were heard in the Sacramental Brotherhood of “Stmo. Cristo de los Desamparados y María Stma. de las Angustias” Procession. The fact is that this is the first time they manage to complete their penance, since they always had against the weather so far. But it was a great night and temperatures encouraged to follow each step of the way.

It began at 8:45 pm  at the Magisterial Cathedral of Alcala de Henares, this year with only one of the two steps (the Reclining Christ) with which this procession founded in 1997 usually leave every Holy Monday.

Unlike the Palm Sunday procession, which is directed to the Archbishop’s Palace, Holy Monday’s one runs the opposite direction to Tercia street. Continue down through Damas street, and turns to Infanta Catalina street. Then left to the Empecinado street and right down in Merced street. All these streets were crowded with worshipers, tourists and onlookers who followed the procession with a respectful silence only broken by the bell marking the way to the pallbearers.

Regarding the pallbearers, it had a total of 24 wearing a black robe with garnet cut Franciscan mask, black hemp sandals and Franciscan girdle tied at the waist.

Ahead, there were Nazarenes, most of them carrying candles who held in an angle, creating a striking image in the distance. Immediately behind then there were more silently carrying heavy crosses. Then marched the Reclining Christ and finally the entourage led by the Bishop of Alcalá, the City mayor and numerous ecclesiastical, civil and military personalities.

The tour continued through Santa Clara and Cárcel Vieja street, to get into the narrowness of Santa María la Rica street where the old hospital of Santa Maria la Rica can be found,  the oldest hospital of Alcalá (14th century) and currently houses the departments of culture and tourism, plus a fantastic showroom where you can now enjoy exhibitions like Alcalá en las Colecciones Fotográficas and Eñe. Revista para leer. 10 años.

After leaving Santa María la Rica street the procession continued by Empecinado street to return to the Plaza de los Santos Niños and venture back into the Magisterial Cathedral.

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